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Climatechange warmth driving drought, Stanford scientists say – SFGate


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Climatechange warmth driving drought, Stanford scientists say
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Study Links Syria Conflict to Drought Made Worse by Climate ChangeNew York Times
Climate Change Is Likely a Cause of the Civil War in Syria, Researchers SayVICE News
Global Warming Brought on California's Severe DroughtLive Science
San Jose Mercury News -Washington Post -Mashable
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Posted on 3 March 2015 | 12:29 am

Samsung Galaxy S6 and its missing features – CNET


The Hindu

Samsung Galaxy S6 and its missing features
CNET
Is Samsung afraid to commit to one Galaxy S6? The two new models are the same, except for the screen — and both remove features fans loved. Meanwhile, HTC shows off the Grip fitness band and Vive VR headset. by Bridget Carey · @BridgetCarey; 2 …
Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 EdgeThe Register
Samsung's New Galaxy Phones Ditch Plastic for MetalWired
Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy S 6PC Magazine
Paste Magazine -MarketWatch -CRN
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Posted on 3 March 2015 | 12:07 am

Life as We Don’t Know It? Scientists Say It’s Possible on Titan – NBCNews.com


Astrobiology News

Life as We Don't Know It? Scientists Say It's Possible on Titan
NBCNews.com
Life as we know it requires water, but could an environment without H2O give rise to life as we don't know it? Scientists say it's theoretically possible, in a place that's as close as Titan, a smog-shrouded moon of Saturn that has seas containing hydrocarbons …
What would life look like on Saturn's largest moon? (+video)Christian Science Monitor
Could This Alien Cell Thrive on Titan?Discovery News
Saturn's Titan moon may hold the key to extraterrestrial lifeMorning Ticker
Popular Science -Guardian Liberty Voice -New Hampshire Voice
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Posted on 3 March 2015 | 12:02 am

NASA probe closes in for mystery tour of dwarf planet Ceres – MSNBC


MSNBC

NASA probe closes in for mystery tour of dwarf planet Ceres
MSNBC
What's causing those mysteriously bright spots to shine inside a crater on the dwarf planet Ceres? Does a layer of ice that was once an ocean lie just beneath the surface? And was there ever life on Ceres? Those questions are on the verge of being …
NASA spacecraft nearing mysterious dwarf planet CeresCNN
What are those bright spots? As Dawn nears Ceres, mystery remainsLos Angeles Times
US science probe nears unexplored dwarf planet CeresReuters
Space.com -Kokomo Tribune
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Posted on 3 March 2015 | 12:02 am

Tinder charging people 30 and older extra for premium – SlashGear


SlashGear

Tinder charging people 30 and older extra for premium
SlashGear
Feeling old yet? If you're over the age of 30 and you're thinking Tinder could be the key to scoring yourself a mate, you're going to have to pay extra for the premium version, with the service assuming no longer being in your twenties means you've more …
New Tinder Charges Whatever It WantsTechCrunch
Tinder is swiping right on monetizationCNBC
Tinder to charge older users more for premium facilitiesBBC News
MarketWatch -PCWorld -ABC News
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Posted on 2 March 2015 | 11:55 pm

Nasdaq near dot-com era record, Google eyes wireless service. – Washington Post


USA TODAY

Nasdaq near dot-com era record, Google eyes wireless service.
Washington Post
The Nasdaq composite closed above 5,000 for the first time since its dot-com era peak nearly 15 years ago after merger news and an encouraging economic report helped push U.S. stocks broadly higher Monday. The major indexes rose from the start, with …
Google Entering Wireless Business to Improve ServiceTom’s Guide
Google Selling Wireless Plans to Get More People OnlineABC News
Facebook, Google plan to connect world, in different waysSan Jose Mercury News
VentureBeat -Quartz -Deseret News
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Posted on 2 March 2015 | 11:49 pm

In a Physics First, Light is Captured as Both Particle and Wave – NBCNews.com


Newsweek

In a Physics First, Light is Captured as Both Particle and Wave
NBCNews.com
Physicists have theorized for over a century that light acts as both a particle and a wave, depending on the conditions, but they've never been able to capture it being both at once — until a team in Switzerland did just that in a recent experiment. Scientists at …
Let There Be Light! Photo Shows Light As Wave And Particle For First TimeThe Escapist
Image captures light as both a particle and a waveScience a Gogo
Here's The First-Ever Photo of Light Behaving as Both a Wave and a ParticleNewsweek
Nature World News -Science Times -UPI.com
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Posted on 2 March 2015 | 10:55 pm

How to test Apple’s new Photos app for Mac – CNET


CNET

How to test Apple's new Photos app for Mac
CNET
Apple has released the public beta of its Photos app for OS X. We detail where you sign up to put the new app through its paces. by Jason Cipriani · @MrCippy; 3 March 2015, 9:14 am AEDT. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin. googleplus. more. more +.
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Beta goes Public with Photos AppThe Mac Observer
Apple releases public beta of OS X 10.10.3, gives the masses a first taste of new Apple Insider
Get your hands on Photos for OS X with Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta releaseMacworld
TechCrunch -SlashGear -TrustedReviews
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Posted on 2 March 2015 | 10:48 pm

‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’ Species Discovered—Seriously Colorful Spiders – Science Times


Science Times

'Skeletorus' and 'Sparklemuffin' Species Discovered—Seriously Colorful Spiders
Science Times
Add two more to the list. Not the species list, silly; the list of creatures to check out when I'm visiting down-under. As it is, Australia has some pretty interesting, and sometimes terrifying, species unique to that region of the world. But with a new study recently …
Yes, This Dancing Spider Really is Called a 'Sparklemuffin'Nature World News
Two New Species of Peacock Spiders Discovered in AustraliaSci-News.com
Two New Species of Spider DiscoveredMaine News Online

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Posted on 2 March 2015 | 9:27 pm

Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free, New Build Of Unreal Tournament Available – Game Informer


Game Informer

Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free, New Build Of Unreal Tournament Available
Game Informer
Epic has announced that it has removed the subscription fee from Unreal Engine 4. Anyone can download the tools and start using them immediately, with no fees and no charge for future updates. Developers won't pay Epic anything until and unless shipped …
Unreal Engine 4 is Free for EveryoneIGN

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Posted on 2 March 2015 | 5:48 pm

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

IBM shareholder sues company, alleging it overvalued chip unit

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – IBM Corp was sued on Monday by a shareholder that said it committed securities fraud by failing to write down a money-losing semiconductor unit before agreeing to pay another company $1.5 billion to take that unit off its hands. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court arose from IBM’s announcement last Oct. 20 that it would sell the unit to GlobalFoundries Inc, and take a related $4.7 billion pre-tax charge. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc is among IBM’s largest shareholders. According to the complaint, IBM inflated its stock price before selling the semiconductor unit by carrying the unit’s property, plant and equipment assets on its books at $2.4 billion, when it should have known the assets were worthless.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 10:38 pm

Exclusive: Obama sharply criticizes China’s plans for new technology rules

U.S. President Obama speaks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized China's plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping. In an interview with Reuters, Obama said he was concerned about Beijing's plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys, the passcodes that help protect data, and install security "backdoors" in their systems to give Chinese authorities surveillance access. "This is something that I’ve raised directly with President Xi," Obama said. "We have made it very clear to them that this is something they are going to have to change if they are to do business with the United States." The Chinese government sees the rules as crucial to protect state and business secrets.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 11:07 pm

Washington says waiting for China response on tech rule concerns

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeThe Obama administration is waiting for China to respond to concerns raised about planned new rules pushing Chinese banks to purchase high-tech products from domestic vendors, a senior State Department official said on Monday. U.S. business groups have complained about the regulations, and senior officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have written to their Chinese counterparts about them. "We have put forward our position and we … have to see now what actions they take, but they have certainly registered that we have put forward our concerns," Catherine Novelli, under secretary of state for economic growth, energy, and the environment, told reporters at a round table discussion. Draft Chinese government regulations would force technology vendors to meet stringent security tests before they can sell to China's banks.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 9:41 pm

Connecticut launches probe into Lenovo use of Superfish software

Lenovo tablets and mobile phones are displayed during a news conference on the company's annual results in Hong KongConnecticut Attorney General George Jepsen's office said on Monday it has launched an investigation into Lenovo Group Ltd's sales of laptops pre-loaded with Superfish software, which the U.S. government last month warned made users vulnerable to cyber attacks. The office said that Jepsen last week sent letters to Lenovo, the world's biggest personal computer maker, and privately held software maker Superfish asking them to provide information, including contracts and emails that discuss their partnership. Reports that the pre-loaded software tracks users' web searching and browsing for advertising purposes are "alarming revelations" that suggest Lenovo may have "seriously undermined computer users' online security and privacy," Jepsen said in his Feb. 27 letter to Lenovo. A Lenovo spokesman said the company has seen Jepsen's letter "and will cooperate in responding to the query." Superfish has not yet received the letter but expects to cooperate fully with the investigation, according to an email from a spokeswoman.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 10:36 pm

Sony Mobile head says division is not being sold: Le Figaro

The head of Sony Mobile told French daily newspaper Le Figaro that the division is not being sold, only two weeks after Sony Corp Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said he would not rule out considering an exit strategy. “At the beginning of February there was speculation about a sale of Sony Mobile,” division head Hiroki Totoki was quoted as saying by the newspaper in an interview published on its website late on Monday. “It’s completely untrue.” Totoki said that Sony Corp CEO Hirai had come to Barcelona, where the Mobile World Congress is taking place this week, to speak about “the importance of this business for Sony”. Totoki also told Le Figaro that Sony Mobile’s portfolio of products is too diverse and needs to be refocused.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 9:12 pm

Intel launches chip for new push into low-price smartphones

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp is shipping new mobile chips that represent the semiconductor company’s biggest hope for making progress in smartphones this year. Responding to a growing market in China for low-cost handsets often priced below $100, Intel announced plans for the chip, code named Sofia, in late 2013 at a meeting with investors. “We went from PowerPoint to shipping in 15 months,” said Aicha Evans, General Manager of Intel’s Platform Engineering Group. As well as smartphones, the Sofia chip fills a gap in Intel’s lineup of chips for tablets.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 2:05 pm

New demo shows Firewatch might be a perfect exploration game

New demo shows Firewatch might be a perfect exploration gameGone Home, a first-person exploration game that hit PCs back in 2013, was a breath of fresh air for gaming in that it demonstrated how to make an affecting game without ever needing a gun. Firewatch is being developed by San Francisco-based out Campo Santo, which is comprised of folks who helped develop The Walking Dead Season 1 at TellTale Games, as well as minimalist artist Olly Moss, whose work you might recognize from a few certain Star Wars posters. The title follows Henry, voice by Mad Men's Rich Sommer, as he traverses his corner of the woods and winds up being pulled into strange occurrences.

Posted on 3 March 2015 | 12:19 am

Lyft rewards its drivers for picking you up more often

Lyft rewards its drivers for picking you up more often

Posted on 3 March 2015 | 12:00 am

Video: Watch a replay of the entire HTC One M9 reveal right here

We all knew that we would see the HTC One M9 this weekend, but we had no idea it would be the least exciting product announced at the company’s MWC 2015 press conference. That’s not to say that the One M9 isn’t an impressive device — although, for all intents and purposes, it’s a remaster of last year’s One M8, there’s no denying that it’s still one of the best Android devices on the market… but the Grip and the Vive are what really kept us hooked. DON’T MISS: HTC One M9 hands-on: You can’t fix what isn’t broken HTC One M9 specs HTC Grip hands-on: The fitness band for casual athletes and pros alike It’s hard to say whether the

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 11:40 pm

Samsung Galaxy S6 and its missing features

Samsung Galaxy S6 and its missing featuresIs Samsung afraid to commit to one Galaxy S6? The two new models are the same, except for the screen — and both remove features fans loved. Meanwhile, HTC shows off the Grip fitness band and Vive VR headset.>

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 11:34 pm